One of the most time-consuming efforts, pending my house move, has been going through my library and donating books that I simply will not re-read.
I love books, I love owning them, I love seeing them on my shelves. Just holding a book and turning the pages is so peaceful and fulfilling.
But – my space as I downsize will be limited. I’ve kept nine of these shelves full. Time for big decisions.
What I kept: my collections, Churchill, Annie Proulx, Graham Greene, Paul Theroux, John le Carre, Patrick O’Brian, McCullough, miscellaneous travelogues and exploration writings from the 1800’s, all my math and science books, gardening including the priceless Exotica, 2 volumes, hard to acquire now. Family cookbooks and travelogues, chronicles of the 20th century, history of the great wars, books on the US experience in China and Japan, Atlas – the world, the human anatomy, dictionaries and grammars – English, French, Spanish, Portuguese. And of course my huge international stamp collection, catalogues, albums, and work in progress. I collect up to 1958, after which the beautiful printing techniques ceased.
My library is still large and will keep me company for all the years to come. Plus I have another 70 books on my Nook – never without a good book!
Read on, Coco